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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Oct 4, 2010 8:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When did/does a band 'peak'?

Tell, you've earned the right to drone on...

I support your general idea- most bands explode onto the scene, have one or two hits, if they're any good maybe have 2-3 good albums, and rest on their laurels, gradually fading away. From a non-Deadhead p.o.v., the GD did not exist from from 65-69. They made their first real national splashes with WD and AB, but as we know they're not a top 40, hit-making band. Their longevity is just one thing that makes them unique, with their biggest airplay coming from Touch and to a lesser extent, Alabama Getaway 15 years after they started. That's unusual, yes!

I'm sure others will come up with more, but the only bands i can think of with approximate career arcs (as you suggest Stones, Who, maybe Led Zep) might be U2, Allman Bros., and Dylan, although his career is noteworthy for its initial earthquake on the music scene. That old fart Eric Clapton just released another album too.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Oct 4, 2010 10:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When did/does a band 'peak'?

hard to say when a band peaks, great record sales, radio rotation and of course touring. But clearly a band is done and has jumped the shark is when there's more of a shadow band then the original members. Case in point ,one band I alwasys wanted to see was THE MOODY BLUES and last year I got my chance. Only 3 original guys and the rest about 5 more were pro filler types. The only band that pulled this off was the Beach Boys ,not known for being great musicians but for being the best vocalists around. They were so good on the DOG SHOW in OAKLAND Bill Graham gave them 15-20 more minutes of playing time....LW